No Time To Die Projected For Bigger Int'l Opening Box Office Than F9

No Time To Die is projected to make $90 million overseas, which would be more than F9 debuted at earlier this year. No Time To Die is the 25th entry in the Bond franchise and the final film for Daniel Craig in the lead role. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, the film is meant to wrap up the Bond narrative that was begun in 2006's Casino Royale, the first entry for Craig. Aside from Casino Royale, Craig starred in 2008's Quantum of Solace, 2012's Skyfall, 2015's Spectre, and now No Time To Die.

Joining Craig in his final bow are Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Jeffrey Wright, Naomie Harris, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Billy Magnussen, Rory Kinnear, and Ben Whishaw, which finds Bond in retirement and drawn back into a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist and confront a new global threat. While this is Craig's last outing, producers have said that they will wait until sometime in 2022 to begin the recasting process for the role, allowing the actor his victory lap before moving on. Craig is jumping directly into another franchise, once again playing Benoit Blanc for two more sequels to Rian Johnson's Knives Out franchise for Netflix.

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With No Time To Die premiering today in London, and reviews expected to start rolling in, early overseas projections are pegging the film at a $90 million opening, as per Deadline. That would be a good win for the long-delayed film and more than F9's $65 million debut earlier this year (it went on to gross more than $700 million overseas). The last Bond film, Spectre did $123 million, while 2012’s Skyfall clocked in at $109 million. The international box office for No Time To Die will kick off September 29th in Korea and add the UK, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain through Friday, October 1st. Smaller markets also opening for the film, making a total of 50 for overseas box office. The US, Canada, and China are set to open No Time To Die on October 29th, which will surely help fill the franchise coffers, depending on interest, reviews, and pandemic trepidation for some viewers.

With No Time To Die being the longest Bond film to date (clocking in at 2 hours, 40 minutes), it's possible that could affect final numbers, seeing as it will shorten the number of showtimes a bit. Reviews may dissuade some if they lean negative, but the Bond franchise also has a built-in audience, particularly for older crowds, and may not be as prevalent an issue if that's the case. $90 million would be a strong showing for the film; however, with so many factors at play, from pandemic to reviews to genuine interest, the numbers may shift higher or lower as projections adjust.

No Time To Die has had a long road getting to the big screen and this seems to be the final test for the film. After struggling with potential directors, filming delays, and then the drawn-out process of being the first film to flinch from theatrical release when the pandemic hit, No Time To Die is in a now-or-never place, and it's almost a relief that it's finally seeing the light of day (or light of a projector). For fans, the hype seems to have sustained throughout the delays and many will likely turn out just to see how Craig ends his run as the iconic character, which is a milestone in and of itself.

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Source: Deadline

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